by Barca Blog - During Monday’s press conference (video), Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson stated that Jimmy Kiser, the passing game co-coordinator & quarterbacks coach, has been calling the offensive plays this season, opposed to previous years when it was the responsibility of offensive coordinator Ted Cain.
“I like to have a guy who knows what the quarterback likes,” Johnson explained, “and what he knows the quarterback has seen in practice and what he is thinking on the field, which is why we made the change.”
Johnson said the play calling was fine in the Commodores' 15-3 loss to Mississippi State and that the offensive woes stemmed from a lack of execution. He said that every area was to blame for the breakdowns and that the unit just didn’t respond to the pressure applied by the Bulldogs’ defense.
“We should have reacted to some of the things they were doing to us," Johnson added. "We had it built in, but we just didn't do a good job of making sure those things were taken care of, and when we did, we didn't execute. If we had (Larry Smith) protected, we either had bad throw or a drop. "